playing on an uneven surface

  • Participant
    armande-fryatt on #149754

    Phew it’s hot to be doing practice today!

    Guys, what do you do when you turn up to an event where the floor is a bit uneven so the harp doesn’t sit steady? I was thinking of bringing along something to stand me (and it) on. Anyone else got experience of this?

    ‘Hot’ harpist

    (in terms of temperature only!)

    Spectator
    alice-freeman on #149755

    I carry several pieces of rubber shelf liner in my gig back. You can get the kind with holes in it or another version that is just like a rubberized mat.

    I actually used mine yesterday when a wedding coordinator set me up to play with my harp half on an area rug and the other half on a slate floor. My pedal harp was definitely not steady! I just folded my rubber mats to the size, shape and thickness I needed and set my harp down with no problems.

    Outside I bring a 3×6 foot piece of plywood (painted green for “grass” on one side and brown for “dirt” on the other side) for my pedal harp. It’s big enough for both me and my bench. For my Celtic harp, I just have a several pieces of Plexiglas (one is 12×18″, the other is 18×24″) to put under the harp. These would also work well indoors.

    Hope one of these ideas helps.

    Alice in windy Wyoming (where it is a very pleasant 73º right now)

    Participant
    armande-fryatt on #149756

    Hi Alice

    Thank you for your advice, that’s very helpful!

    What’s Wyoming like? I’m in the UK and play in very old buildings and churches, with a lot of wonky floors! I guess you have different scenery to us.

    Armande

    Spectator
    alice-freeman on #149757

    Parts of Wyoming have beautiful mountain scenery – the most famous probably being the Tetons in the northwest corner of the state.

    The buildings in my part of the state are at the most 150 years old and the floors are all wooden, so uneven stone floors are virtually unheard of!

    — Alice in windy Wyoming

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    sharon-avis–2 on #149758

    Hi Amanda:

    I also bring along “portable floors.”

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